Control or Corral Your Business Chaos – Don’t Fight It

‘The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and his enemy’s.’

Napoleon Bonaparte

Clients often ask me when things will run “smoothly” with “no stress” in their businesses.

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Control the chaos!

The only rational answer is when there is no change or growth happening.  And one strategy is to begin to understand that chaos is generated when we grow.

In the early days of business development – there are no systems to “control” the chaos.  So the stress on owners is enormous.  As you develop more procedures and systems (often just a form or a script or a checklist or a process map) – the chaos is fenced in – and owners stress reduces.

And as this process of fencing in chaos with systems continues – things run more and more smoothly.  Until everything is “controlled”.  Or so the dream goes.

If you are looking for growth – then new sources of chaos will arise.  The key is to recognize this – and have processes (and the mindset) to recognize it – and as calmly as possible build new fences to control it.  Chaos is kind of like the power source of growth.

For example – you grow to a point where you need new software.  What happens when you first install it?  More chaos, right?  But because expect this to happen – you are mentally prepared – and you simply get to work getting it to work properly.

Another example – you grow enough that you now need a sales manager, or a marketing manager, or 3 more reps to handle the volume of leads.  Do you think there will be a “spike” in chaos?  You bet.

The real question is – can you rise above it, look down, and create some systems so that you can harness the power it generates?  Add or adjust or your systems and procedures until things become “calm” and “predictable” again.  Then take a deep breath – relax – and get ready for the next burst of growth chaos.  Or sell your business.  Or train your team to handle it for you…

But learn to love it, because you may as well.  It is not good or bad – depending on how you manage it.

About the Author Business Coach James Hooper

Townsville based James Hooper: The term "rainmaker" is becoming regularly used in business context as someone whose role is to 'make rain' or 'create growth' in your business. In some senses the term 'business coach' is limiting as it is primarily about optimizing the effectiveness of the owner/operator. Sometimes the leverage is in the business systems rather than in the operator - and focus on that produces the preferred outcomes. Business is a game, a puzzle, a tool to get you what you want in life. Call me for a second opinion (other than yours) on how to make your business give you what you want it to.

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